Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Youth Video Contest

Voices and Visions from the Next Generation of Conservationists

Are you interested in the future of the environment and biodiversity?
Do you have new ideas about how to address the challenges to biodiversity ranging from climate change to habitat and species loss to globalization?

Share your ideas and solutions with us through the video contest, Voices and Visions from the Next Generation of Conservationists, hosted by the National Council for Science and the Environment.This video contest provides a forum for the next generation to share their actions, perspectives, and passion for biodiversity as part of the 9th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment: Biodiversity in a Rapidly Changing World December 8-10, 2008. The conference aims to develop a new conservation strategy for the 21st century. Winners will have the opportunity to share their ideas and perspectives with these individuals and other youth participants.

We invite individuals and small groups (up to 5 people) between the ages of 12 and 19 to submit a short video (up to 5 minutes) focusing on the unique perspective, solutions, and passion the youth of today have in regards to the current and future challenges posed to biodiversity. The video can involve anything from neighborhood or field projects to skits to oral presentations to picture productions displaying how you and other youth are, will, or want to:

§ Encourage individual and collective action to address biodiversity challenges,
§ Use or develop new tools and strategies to protect biodiversity,
§ Be engaged in addressing the loss of biodiversity,
§ Bring knowledge and raise public awareness about the biodiversity challenge.

Rules: The video submission must be no longer than five minutes from start to finish, have significant relevance to the theme, and must comply with all terms and conditions. Participants must mail a CD or DVD to:

National Council for Science and the Environment,
1101 17th St. NW, Suite 250,
Washington D.C. 20036

They should include a high quality version (if possible) as well as a web streamable version (no greater than 1GB). Submissions must be postmarked by October 31, 2008. Technical specifics and other details can be found online in the terms and conditions.
The winning videos will be showcased at the Voices and Visions from the Next Generation of Conservationists reception and award ceremony at the conference on December 9, 2008, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. Winning videos will be projected on the main screens as well as individual laptop computers throughout the reception room. Winners will receive one complimentary registration to the conference, a pass to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and select winners will have their video displayed during the 2009 DC Environmental Film Festival. Honorable mentions will have their videos posted on the NCSE website as recognition of their achievement. For more information please visit the website at:

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